Drought-relief crew protects Gippsland Lakes

Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Parks Victoria, in partnership with the Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee, has fast-tracked conservation works at the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park and Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve with the support of the Victorian Government Drought Employment Program.
 
The program funded a drought-relief crew to undertake extensive weed control in the Sale Common targeting Blackberry, Box Thorn, Mirror Bush and Pittosporum to protect this wetland that feeds the broader Gippsland Lakes system. 
 
The crew also helped repair fences that will reduce soil disturbance and protect native vegetation, improving the water quality of these important wetlands.
 
The drought relief crew has supported Park Rangers in other weed control programs, including the removal of Pine Wildlings in the Stradbroke Flora and Fauna Reserve and Holey Plains State Park. At the Avon Perry River Delta, crews also removed Boneseed, which can eliminate native understory species and reduce the regeneration abilities of native trees and shrubs.

 

The Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee is funded by the Victorian Government to protect and enhance natural values within the Gippsland Lakes system.

 

The safety of our staff and visitors is our highest priority. The recovery works undertaken have been adjusted to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions, ensuing physical distancing and hygiene standards are maintained at all times.

 

Quotes attributed to Parks Victoria, Area Chief Ranger, Bridget Grant:
"We were fortunate to secure additional crews to support our Park Rangers with vital pest and weed control works throughout the central Gippsland region.” 
“The hard-working teams achieved a significant amount of work further developing their own conservation knowledge and skills in the process”.  

 

Quotes attributed to Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee, Chairman, Peter Jennings OAM:
“The fringing wetlands of the Gippsland Lakes provide much needed habitat and refuge for native flora and fauna.”
“We’ve had some excellent results in our fringing wetlands program and to have the drought relief crew helping fast track these important works is fantastic.”
ENDS


Media enquiries

Gareth Rees

Mobile: 0417 067 706

gareth.rees@parks.vic.gov.au

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